Equine Science Certificate

Contact: Lissa Tsutsumi, Ph.D.

The certificate program in equine science is designed to prepare baccalaureate degree seeking students and non-degree seeking students for employment in equine related careers or graduate school. This program requires that students take courses in animal nutrition, anatomy and physiology, equine science, and diseases and parasites. The practical, hands-on courses emphasize safe and confident animal handling and horsemanship. Hands-on laboratories and are taught primarily at the UH Hilo farm in Panaʻewa, Hawaiʻi.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of breeds, equine sports, conformation, and practical applications of anatomy and physiology
  • Demonstrate advanced and safe equine handling skills
  • Demonstrate competent riding skills in both western and english disciplines in various environments
  • Demonstrate knowledge on equine management systems for appropriate animal welfare, including housing, care and regulations
  • Demonstrate employability skills in various equine related careers including interpersonal skills, ethics, communication and responsibility
  • Identify and implement a nutritional program for equine in various life stages
  • Identify veterinary terminology and illustrate equine health practices
  • Identify, analyze and apply basic concepts related to normal and abnormal equine behaviors
  • Identify various equine related parasites and implement a management program

Certificate Curriculum

Requirements (18 credits)

  • ANSC 133 Fundamentals of Riding I (3)
  • ANSC 233 Fundamentals of Riding II (3)
  • ANSC 353 Horse Production (3)
  • ANSC 193 Horse Handling & Pract Skills (3)
  • ANSC 393 Equine Anatomy & Biomechanics (3)
  • One ANSC Elective: Choose one of (3)
    • ANSC 254 Fundamentals of Nutrition (3)
    • ANSC 421 Intro to Veterinary Pharmacol (3)
    • ANSC 490 Animal Science Internship (3)
    • Other ANSC Course as approved by the Equine Science Certificate Program (3)